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There’s plenty to enjoy on your doorstep

As the eight-day National Day holiday is just around the corner, it’s time to plan a trip. If you don’t want to travel far, we have some options for you in the city, promising fun, natural and delicious journeys. They were among the 102 routes and itineraries launched by the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism during the recent Shanghai Tourism Festival, enabling residents and tourists to experience the glamor of the city.

Ancient towns and the magic of a water forest

This route strings together six popular and lesser-known tourist attractions in Qingpu District.

It will take tourists to Zhujiajiao watertown, Shanghai Oriental Land, Jinze ancient town, Shanghai Daguanyuan, which is the fictional residence of the rich family in the classic “A Dream of Red Mansions,” Qingxi Countryside Park and Zhangma Village.

The town of Jinze is certainly worth a visit for its tranquility and unique charm.

Jinze is known for its old bridges. It features seven different styles dating back to the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, earning it the title of “the No. 1 bridge town in Jiangnan.” Jiangnan refers to regions in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

During its peak in the Song Dynasty, there were 42 bridges across rivers in the town. The oldest and biggest, Wan’an Bridge, was built around 1260 with two Buddha temples that are nowhere to be found today. Wan’an means “all people live a good life.” The tradition of worshipping the Buddha has remained as niches are placed near the bridge.

Qingxi Countryside Park is close by, built on a natural wetland alongside Dalian Lake. It boasts a unique “water forest” landscape featuring trees such as pond cypress.

A motor-racing journey

On this route you learn about history of automobiles, and even children can enjoy the fun of driving. Spots include Shanghai Electric Formula Park, Shanghai Auto Museum, Shanghai International Circuit and Shanghai Auto Expo Park in Jiading District.

Shanghai Electric Formula Park, which features customized electric automobiles, has introduced unmanned aerial vehicle competitions and eSports. All activities are open to children. An unmanned aerial vehicle race uses FPV (first person view) glasses to amaze racers, while an unmanned aerial vehicle battle resembles a Quidditch match.

A virtual speedway in the simulation racing will provide the same thrilling experience as the real one. The park has two tracks catering to different levels of car-racing fans. Its timing equipment is accurate to a 1000th of a second.

Shanghai Auto Museum boasts a collection of about 90 types of classic cars.

Seafood banquets and a fun sweet trip

Tourists can enjoy sumptuous seafood banquets and sink their teeth into sweet fruits by following this route.

It links the Shanyang Countryside Ecological and Leisure Agricultural Resort, Jinshanzui Fishing Village, Langxia Countryside Park and Luxiang Fruit Park in Jinshan District.

Jinshanzui is one of the first and last fishing villages in Shanghai. The village thrived in the late Qing Dynasty, with 36 handicraft workshops and more than 10 fish shops. It was bustling with people buying fish, doing business and watching the tidal bores in spring and autumn at that time. In the 1980s, the village had its heyday with more than 1,000 fishermen.

Through the end of October, a fishing culture festival is held in the village, featuring food tasting, bazaars, a wine festival, night market and folk customs. Visitors can not only taste authentic seafood in beachside restaurants, but also rent a fishing boat to try their luck.

Villagers worship Mazu, a goddess thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions.

Tourists can visit old residences of fishermen and the village’s fishing gear museum to learn about the lives of traditional fishermen. There is a visit to the cultural museum of Mazu as well.

Shanyang Countryside Ecological and Leisure Agricultural Resort inside Shanyang Town boasts a variety of gardens such as strawberry, peach, pitaya, pumpkin, hami melon, as well as a camping site, fishing areas and a labyrinth.

Appreciate birds and the sunrise

An eco-friendly trip is featured in this route, which includes the Dongtan Wetland Park, Yingdong Ecological Village, Chenjia Town, Changxing Island Countryside Park and Qianxiaoju Farm on Chongming Island.

Sunrise appreciation and bird watching are some of the activities.

Dongtan Wetland Park is one of the best bird-watching spots in the city. It’s also a good spot to admire the stars at night.

More than 100 species of wild birds, including some protected species such as the moorhen, can be found here.

It is a haven for birds for its ideal environment of pure water, fresh air and beautiful landscapes.

Yingdong Ecological Village is the earliest village in Chongming to see the sunrise.

Plunge into the fun of Halloween

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to explore the magic of the Shanghai Disney Resort, while Halloween is one of the biggest events in its calendar. From October 5 through November 1, the resort will become a spooky and mysterious expanse where visitors of all ages can plunge into the fun of Halloween.

They can dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy trick-or-treat around the resort, immersing themselves in this happy holiday tradition. Donald’s Halloween Treat Cavalcade will delight in the evenings, as Donald and Daisy Duck lead the way along the parade route in their Halloween costumes, joined by Mickey Mouse and the gang, Disney Villains, and spooky dancers.

For visitors seeking  parties on Halloween weekend, the resort is a one-of-a-kind destination.

The Halloween Days of Spook-tacular on October 30 and 31 will feature numerous Disney characters and DJs across Shanghai Disneyland. Both days will conclude with the Kiss Goodnight Firework Show, filled with thrilling music, spooky projections and fantastic fireworks.


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